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and the rush on supplies, price gouging and new scams. a bottle of hand sanitizer for nearly $50. what to watch out for. the major shakeup in the race for president. elizabeth warren dropping out who will she endorse the harrowing new stories of survival from that tornado disaster, and taylor swift joining the relief effort in a big way. and harvey weinstein taken to jail the procedure he underwent hours before he was moved from the hospital >> announcer: this is "nbc nightly news" with lester holt good evening the massive effort to halt the spread of coronavirus here in the u.s. has now turned offshore where a san francisco-bound cruise ship with thousands onboard is trapped in a sea of uncertainty, unable to dock out of concerns there may be infected passengers with more than 220 cases in the u.s. since the outbreak began, a third of them in the seattle area, some major companies are sending workers home amid public warnings to those most at risk.
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again tonight we have expanded coverage starting with joe fryer. >> reporter: packed with 3,500 passengers and crew, the "grand princess" cruise ship is returning to san francisco, but for now won't be allowed to dock passengers now asked to stay in their rooms. today a military helicopter flew test kits to the ship to see if anyone onboard has coronavirus. officials say 35 people have shown flu-like symptoms. >> many of those people have recovered and are no longer showing flu-like symptoms >> reporter: four passengers on a previous cruise on this very ship tested positive for coronavirus. one of them died authorities are working to contact thousands who were on that voyage and have since traveled home while passengers aboard this current trip are in limbo. >> kind of a little bit disturbing being out here in the open seas just, you know, barely moving along. we're just going in circles and not knowing how long we're going to be out here. >> reporter: nbc's erin mcloughlin is at the port. >> reporter: the cdc is identifying
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passengers and crew who they're testing at sea. the governor has asked the ship to remain offshore to give officials time to prepare to dock here or elsewhere >> reporter: in washington state where an 11th patient died today, the number of confirmed cases has nearly doubled to 70 officials in the seattle area are recommending higher risk residents avoid big crowds amazon, facebook, and microsoft are telling their seattle staffs to work from home. >> today it definitely looks pretty dead. >> reporter: the streets of this tech hub now eerily quiet. >> right now it's mostly tumbleweeds. >> reporter: in new york, 11 more cases announced today, most of them connected to an attorney who is hospitalized and for those returning from travel to these five countries, new york city's mayor is making a request. >> we're asking you to isolate yourself for 14 days as a precaution >> reporter: with four new states, tennessee, nevada, colorado, and maryland reporting their first positive test results today, there are now more than 220 cases across the country.
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some have recovered. tom from illinois was the first in the u.s. to get the virus through person to person transmission. he and his wife tested positive in late january. he was quarantined for two weeks, first at a hospital, then home isolation. >> it was less than having the flu for me. i don't know about other people, but i really didn't feel any symptoms other than some minor upper respiratory problem. >> reporter: we're learning more about that cruise ship here on the west coast. the virus tests that were taken on the ship today are going to labs in the bay area they hope the results will be announced tomorrow until then, passengers tell us they need to stay in their cabins tonight. lester >> joe fryer, thank you. as the number of cases grows, there's a new warning tonight. the u.s. does not have enough coronavirus test kits to meet the current demand nbc's tom costello takes us inside the labs to find out why they are delayed >> reporter: at the washington, d.c. public health lab, urgent preparations to test for the coronavirus.
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>> public health labs are actually designed for this type of work. we sit ready to respond to any kind of emerging disease >> reporter: a positive swab test result in 24 hours would direct doctors to isolate and treat patients but so far there's been a big delay in getting enough approved test kits to laboratories nationwide florida authorities today said they don't have enough tests. the vice president says more are on the way, but it will take time >> we don't have enough tests today to meet what we anticipate will be the demand going forward >> reporter: the cdc initially limited testing to only people with some connection to china, and some of the first test kits were faulty, giving incorrect results. now it's for anyone who doctors recommend, but there's a problem. right now only 70 labs across the country are able to do the coronavirus testing with the number of cases rising fast. independent labs will soon be allowed to run the tests, but that can take up to 24
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hours. health experts say the nation's hospitals and clinics also need the kits >> it's critical that we get this test back quickly so we can move patients through the emergency department on to either the floor or the icu so that that backup doesn't impact their patient care and the patients' safety across the whole hospital system. >> reporter: a german diagnostics company is seeking fast fda approval for a hospital bedside test. results within hours it's already in use in france and italy. >> our objective was to bring that test as soon as possible to the u.s. hospital, to the u.s. potential patients because we are in an emergency. >> reporter: a health emergency that is already stressing the system tom costello, nbc news, germantown, maryland. and this is all impacting folks in lots of ways across the country, we're seeing more schools temporarily closing their doors to limit the spread of the virus. and with kids potentially missing class for weeks, a lot of parents right now trying to figure out the child care issue we get more on that from nbc's stephanie
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ruhle. >> reporter: denise perkins is home today. so are her kids. >> it really presents a lot of challenges with trying to figure out, you know, when i can go to work >> reporter: all three of her children won't have school for the next two weeks after washington's north shore district closed all 24 of its schools. >> when i can't go to work, that's, you know, definitely affecting how we're going to be able to sustain our lives. >> reporter: a growing number of parents facing the same dilemma as schools shut their doors as a precaution >> it's anxiety-inducing, you know just not knowing from day to day what's going to happen. >> reporter: mounting fears surrounding coronavirus have forced some districts in at least five states to cancel school in italy, all classrooms including universities are closed through the middle of the month. one of 13 countries shutting down schools entirely that's nearly 300 million students at home as closures continue to grow in
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these nine countries, including the united states where millions of kids rely on free breakfast, lunch, and afterschool care >> the potential of a mass outbreak of the coronavirus really shows us a lot of holes that we have in our social safety net and our social insurance programs. >> reporter: while kids are less likely to show symptoms of coronavirus, they can carry it and spread it to adults who are more vulnerable, which is why many schools are closing their doors to clean and disinfect. and while safety is the priority, the possibility of prolonged shutdowns as a precautionary measure could be crippling for some families >> and we can start working on stuff >> reporter: families left scrambling while trying to stay safe. stephanie ruhle, nbc news, new york and it was another roller coaster day on wall street. today was the dip part coronavirus uncertainty sending the dow plunging nearly 1,000 points while in washington, the president's characterizations of the crisis are coming under scrutiny hallie jackson at the white house with that. >> reporter: the president's coronavirus crisis communications under a microscope tonight
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after an interview in which he theorized about the infection's mortality rate. >> well, i think the 3.4% is really a false number. >> reporter: the reality? it's not a false number, but the actual estimate released by the world health organization although it could still change as more data comes in. >> a lot of people don't report because they -- they get the coronavirus, and they get better relatively quickly. not that severe. >> reporter: the reality is 80% of people do only have mild symptoms. president trump's briefed regularly on the virus' spread in this country. >> when you do have a death like you've had in the state of washington, like you had one in california. i believe you had one in new york. >> reporter: but the reality, no one has died from coronavirus in new york though the state has seen 22 cases so far the president talking generally about infected patients. >> some of them go to work, but they get better. >> reporter: house speaker nancy pelosi today. >> when the president said go to work, no, there are other guidances that should be out there. >> if you get sick,
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stay home. >> reporter: president trump tweeting today he never said people that are feeling sick should go to work, calling it disinformation put out by the democrats on some of the stats, he says he's going with his gut >> now, this is just my hunch. >> reporter: the reality is his own experts say in the midst of a public health crisis, facts matter >> we make policy recommendations and analysis of what we're going to recommend based on accumulation of data. data is very important. >> reporter: on capitol hill, lawmakers approved an emergency $8.3 billion coronavirus deal, now sending it to the president's desk lester >> all right, hallie, thanks very much i want to bring in dr. john torres right now to help us separate fact from fear how do we know who belongs in isolation >> lester, we've been hearing a lot about the thousands of people self-quarantining, but i can tell you most of that is unnecessary. there's no evidence this virus lingers in the air and according to the cdc, the people who should be quarantined includes anyone who has come in direct contact with
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someone sick with the coronavirus. that means either you're living with the patient or you've been sitting within six feet of an infected person like at work or on a plane if so, you need to stay home for 14 days so you can monitor for any symptoms the vast majority of americans can go about their daily lives but just remember to keep washing your hands. >> good advice thank you, doctor. concerns over the virus have led to a run on supplies in some places, and some are taking advantage by preying on worried americans. nbc's jo ling kent on what to watch out for. >> reporter: tonight states across the country cracking down on coronavirus price gouging. >> we are now starting to see scam artists trying to profit off of the fear of the coronavirus. >> reporter: as fears grow, products like masks and hand sanitizer are selling out in stores and online prices on amazon, walmart, and facebook marketplace from third-party sellers are skyrocketing $220 for a box of ten masks on amazon, 11 times the regular
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price. and for a bottle of hand sanitizer on walmart.com, $48, normally less than $4. amazon tells nbc news it's blocked or removed more than 1 million products both amazon and walmart also say they're actively working to take down overpriced items but a quick amazon search of hand sanitizer still turns up bottles that are more than twice the regular price. however, the listings of those price gouged bottles are fewer. but any price gouging during a declared state of emergency in california is illegal. >> buyer beware. and buyer keep a record help us help you if you believe you're being exploited, help us prove that. >> keep that receipt >> keep the receipt. >> reporter: with hand sanitizer selling out, you may have come across recipes for making it yourself with vodka but major brands like tito's are warning their products do not work there's not enough alcohol in it to meet the cdc standard for hand sanitizing. lester we'll be right
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back in just 60 seconds with a big question in the race for president. with elizabeth warren dropping out, who will she endorse? plus a superstar stepping up after that deadly tornado disaster in tennessee.
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all right. let's get to that big development today in the race for president. elizabeth warren's announcement today that she's dropping out, and then the question, who will she endorse? here's andrea mitchell >> reporter: senator elizabeth warren after losing her home state of massachusetts on super tuesday, ending her campaign >> but i guarantee i will stay in the fight. >> reporter: a field that began with six women, warren is the last leading woman to bow out. >> one of the hardest parts of this is all those promises and all those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years. >> reporter: her departure leaving the race to two white men in their late 70s. did gender play a role >> that is the trap question for everyone
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if you say, yeah, there was sexism in this race, everyone says, whiner and if you say, no, there was no sexism, about a bazillion women think, what planet do you live on? >> reporter: briefly leading in the polls last fall, warren says she needs time to think before endorsing anyone a former law professor, the iconic progressive was never short on ideas >> and i got a plan for that >> reporter: but she faltered when challenged to explain how she would pay for medicare for all a fierce debater, warren took down mike bloomberg. >> a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians and, no, i'm not talking about donald trump. i'm talking about mayor bloomberg. >> reporter: and famously was caught on an open mic confronting bernie sanders. >> i think you called me a liar on national tv. >> reporter: while slamming joe biden just this week. >> nominating someone who wants to restore the world before
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donald trump is a big risk for our party and for our country. >> reporter: biden and sanders both thanked warren today for what she brought to the race with both actively seeking her endorsement. even if she does not endorse sanders, her exit is likely to give him an immediate boost since he is the last progressive candidate in the race. lester >> andrea mitchell in washington, thanks. now to that stunning rebuke of the senate's top democrat by supreme court chief justice john roberts chuck schumer responding today, insisting he did not threaten two conservative justices. here's kasie hunt. >> reporter: tonight after intense backlash, top senate democrat chuck schumer walking back what many saw as a threat against two supreme court justices appointed by president trump. >> i shouldn't have used the words i did, but in no way was i making a threat. >> reporter: wednesday at an abortion rights rally on the steps of the court, schumer saying this. >> i want to tell you, gorsuch, i want to tell you, kavanaugh,
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you have released a whirlwind, and you will pay the price you won't know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions. >> reporter: that sparked a rare rebuke from chief justice john roberts, writing, quote, threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. president trump piling on >> that was a terrible thing he said. if that were a republican, you would see really bad things happening. >> reporter: in 2018, president trump earned his own rebuke from the chief justice after he labeled a federal judge who ruled against his administration a, quote, obama judge house speaker nancy pelosi weighing in today on schumer's remarks. >> were those comments appropriate? >> the republicans say it's okay if the president does it, but it's not okay if other people do it it wasn't right for anybody to do it, and chuck recognizes that. >> reporter: tonight some republicans are calling on the senate to censure schumer, but aides here tell me that's unlikely to happen lester. >> kasie, thanks in tennessee, all the missing have been accounted for after
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that devastating tornado killed 24 people and tonight nashville's music stars are banding together to help the survivors. sam brock is there >> reporter: digging out from unthinkable devastation. >> i don't think that our brains are built to process this kind of destruction >> reporter: after an ef-4 tornado ripped through central tennessee. images that defy imagination unless you've experienced the chaos firsthand, like johnny wilson and ezra spears >> i was holding on to him and holding on to the door and just praying to god that it was going to be over soon >> reporter: just days before the tornado, they moved their bedroom to another area of the house. >> we had moved to this room here, and very thankfully so. >> reporter: likely saving their lives across the street, spears' co-worker stephanie field killed along with her 4-year-old son, two of the 24 victims >> i see her face in everyone i look at everyone that i see that survived, i see
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her. >> reporter: but faith after this tragedy restored >> please make your donations. >> reporter: in nashville, a telethon raising money as celebrities step up, like taylor swift, who donated $1 million and from volunteers, hundreds of them like kelsey carter, who has been driving hours every day to help. >> i came here and did search and rescue yesterday, and then today we're just doing whatever we can, odds and ends. >> reporter: but she's offering more than that. >> just praying for people i mean people, that's the biggest thing you can do there are people that lost things you can't put back i think prayers are what this area needs >> reporter: sam brock, nbc news, cookeville, tennessee. up next as we continue tonight, harvey weinstein finally sent to jail the medical procedure he underwent hours before he was moved.
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tonight, harvey weinstein is spending his first night in jail after spending ten days hospitalized following his conviction stephanie gosk is at the jail steph, why was he finally transferred today? >> reporter: well, lester, we don't actually know. his legal team telling us that the decision caught them by surprise now, you'll remember following weinstein's conviction, his lawyer said he was suffering heart palpitations and high blood pressure, and that's why he ended up in the hospital they also told us just yesterday he underwent a heart procedure to remove a blockage, and then this morning this decision to move him to rikers. as recently as this morning, his lawyers were telling us they didn't expect him to
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be at rikers before his march 11th sentencing but tonight harvey weinstein spending his first night behind bars next week he's going to find out how many years he spends behind bars the most serious count he was convicted on has a sentence of at least 5 years and up to 25. lester >> stephanie gosk at rikers island, thanks. up next tonight, the royal farewell in london
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finally tonight, a royal farewell harry and meghan back
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in the uk, their last appearances before they step back from royal duties here's molly hunter. >> reporter: meghan and harry all smiles tonight. the royal farewell tour in high gear. meghan back in the uk for the first time since the couple's dramatic decision to step down as senior working royals >> hello how are you? >> reporter: and the pair in public together for the first time in months >> it's very nice to be back. >> reporter: tonight one of their last appearances before they give up their royal titles >> being able to serve queen and country is something that we're all rightly proud of, and it never leaves us >> reporter: on sunday, harry meeting with the queen to ease what is seen as a family rift. >> they're going to meet with the queen, who has had to oversee this whole departure my goodness, we'll be looking at that body language >> reporter: but the queen will not get a baby archie sighting her great grandson staying behind in canada, his new home no one knows exactly what will happen, but queen elizabeth has
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made it very clear that those palace gates are at least partway open should her grandson and meghan ever want to return lester >> a new chapter molly, thanks. that is "nightly news." i'm lester holt. thank you for watching and good night [cheers and applause] ♪ i've been havin' dreams ♪ jumpin' on a trampoline ♪ flippin' in the air
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